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Robinson R22

Very Light Utility / Trainer Helicopter

The very-lightweight Robinson R22 helicopter has proven itself a commercial success since series introcuction was had in 1979.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 1/17/2020
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Year: 1979
Status: Active, In-Service
Manufacturer(s): Robinson Helicopter Company - USA
Production: 4,650
Crew: 1
Length: 28.71 ft (8.75 m)
Width: 25.16 ft (7.67 m)
Height: 8.92 ft (2.72 m)
Weight (Empty): 882 lb (400 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 1,378 lb (625 kg)
Power: 1 x Lycoming O-320-A2B/A2C Flat-4 piston engine developing 124 horsepower driving a two-bladed main rotor unit and two-bladed tail rotor unit (facing port side).
Speed: 118 mph (190 kph; 103 kts)
Ceiling: 14,108 feet (4,300 m; 2.67 miles)
Range: 242 miles (390 km; 211 nm)
Rate-of-Climb: 1,200 ft/min (366 m/min)
Operators: Australia; Dominican Republic; Philippines; United Kingdom; United States

Program Updates

January 2020 - UAVOS has announced plans to develop a heavy-lift, unmanned version of the popular R22 helicopter.



Variants / Models

• R22 - Base Series Designation; initial production model; powered by Lycoming O-320-A2B/A2C engine.
• R22 HP - "High-Powered" variant with Lycoming O-320-B2C engine of 160 horsepower.
• R22 "Alpha" - Model of 1983; Lycoming O-320-B2C engine.
• R22 "Beta" - With uprated Lycoming O-320-B2C engine.
• R22 "Beta II" - With Lycoming O-360-J2A engine.
• R22 "Beta II Police" - Law enforcement model with loudspeaker system and searchlight.
• R22 "Police" - Law enforcement variant.
• R22 "Mariner" - Over-water daytime-only variant; Lycoming O-320-B2C engine; float-equipped for on-water landings and take-offs.
• R22 "Mariner II" - Over-water daytime-only variant; Lycoming O-320-J2A engine; float-equipped for on-water landings and take-offs.
• R22 IFR - IFR training model.
• Maverick - UAV offering from Boeing based in the R22 helicopter.
• Renegade - UAV variant used by DARPA for testing.
• R22 UAV - UAV offering from being developed UAVOS with autopilot system; heavy-lift capability.
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